Autumn Show with the Haworthia Society 7 October


Rebutia heliosa/photo Gill Mills

2018 Autumn Show Schedule

We now have the show schedule available for the Birmingham 2018 Autumn Show with the Haworthia Society which will be held on Sunday 7 October.

As usual we will hold the show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is different from our meeting venue. Directions can be found in the schedule and as always you will gain free entry to the gardens on entering one plant into the show.

If you would like a hard copy sending please contact Gill Mills at

July Meeting – National Parks of Madagascar and the Caribbean

Eastern Woolly Lemur/National Park Madagascar/photo Leonora Enking/CC

Please come and join us on 17 July for a talk on the National Parks of Madagascar and the Caribbean from Tony Morris and Alan Brown.

As usual this will be 7 for 7.30pm at Winterbourne and all visitors are most welcome for what promises to be a fascinating talk.

Kalanchoe species/Amber Mountain National Park, Madagascar/photo Linda de Volder/CC

June Meeting – Paul Spracklin on Hardy Bromeliads

Bromeliad/photo Simulacrum/CC

Our meeting on 19 June features a new (to Birmingham) and interesting speaker as it will be Paul Spracklin telling us about Hardy Bromeliads.   Paul has created a garden of hardy exotic plants in his Essex garden and to whet your appetite here is a link to an article he wrote for the March edition of the Essex Succulent Review.

Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome.

Bromeliad/photo Mike Cohen/CC


Loudon Terrace at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Here are the latest photos from Eddie Adams showing the planting of the Cactus and Other Succulent bed on the Loudon Terrace at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  They show the Pachycereus pringlei originally donated to Winterbourne by Ian Thwaites and the Oreocereus celsianus donated by Arthur Tomkins.


May Meeting – Maurice Williams on Matucanas


Matucana flowers/ photo Ezequiel Coelho/CC

Our 15 May meeting is a talk by Maurice Williams on Matucanas the attractive cactus plants only found in Peru.  Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome.

Matucana hystrix/photo dornenwolf/CC

April meeting – Conophytums by Eddy Harris



Our 17 April meeting will be a talk by the BCSS Secretary Eddy Harris on Conophytums, the  fascinating tiny South African plants.

Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome.


BCSS AGM Saturday 14 April

Andy Harris has asked me to remind you that on Saturday 14th April the BCSS National AGM will be held at Winstanley High School in Leicester (our side near the M1).  It is a new format and includes two guest speakers and lots of plant stalls.  The event is free to members and lunch is available to buy.  Last year the event was really good and they now minimise the formal AGM part.

Talks are by Anton Hofer on cactus and other succulent vegetation of Sierra Paila, Coahuila and Dr Keith Bensusan on Gibraltar’s Botanic Garden.

10 am Free coffee and biscuits.  Plant/book sales

11.00 Lecture 1

12.30 Lunch and plant/book sales

1.30 AGM

3.00 Break and plant/book sales

3.30 Lecture 2

Winstanley High School, Kingsway North, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 3BD

Andy and Richard will be going again so may see some of you there.  See the journal for info about speakers and the insert about the AGM for more information and a map.

March meeting – Stan Griffin of Craig House Cacti

Come and join us Tuesday 20 March for a talk by Stan Griffin of award winning Craig House Cacti intriguingly called “So you think you’ve got problems!”  All visitors welcome.

February meeting – Peter Berresford on David Parker founder of the Echinocereus Reference Collection


The February 20 talk will be from Peter Berresford, Deputy Editor of Cactus World, who will be talking about the life of the late David Parker who was a Birmingham member responsible for the Echinocereus Reference Collection.


Aloe marlothii in flower

Here’s the latest photo from Eddie Adams of the Aloe marlothii flowering at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.